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International News January 25, 2015

Greece’s Syriza on verge of outright majority in vote

Greece’s anti-austerity leftistparty Syriza will easily win Sunday’s election but may fall
short of an absolute majority in parliament by as little as oneseat, the first official projection of the vote showed.

An official from Singular Logic, which processes the election results for the interior ministry, said Syriza would get between 149 to 151 seats in the 300-seat parliament, addingthat the firm was officially projecting 150 seats but that there was a 0.5 percentage point margin of…

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International News January 25, 2015

At least 15 killed in protests on anniversary of Egypt uprising

By Maggie Fick and Shadi Bushra

At least 15 people were killed in anti-government protests in Egypt on Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said.

In the bloodiest day of protests since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected president in June, security forces and plain clothed police fired at protesters, witnesses said.

The anniversary is a test of whether Islamists and liberal activists have the resolve to challenge a government that has stamped…

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Australian Open Sport January 25, 2015

Masterful Murray pays back dangerous Dimitrov

By Ian Ransom

Andy Murray avenged his shock loss at last year’s Wimbledon and battled his way into his 16th successive grand slam quarter-final with a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5 victory over Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open on Sunday.

Murray was upset by Dimitrov in the quarter-finals of his Wimbledon title defence and Sunday’s late night thriller helped dim those memories while setting up a last eight clash with Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios.

The Scot saved a set…

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Football Sport January 25, 2015

Arsenal cling on to FA Cup victory over Brighton

Holders Arsenal were made sweat by Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion before eventually prevailing 3-2 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday to ensure they did not fall foul of another upset.

A day after Chelsea and Manchester City were stunned by Bradford City and Middlesbrough respectively, Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead on 89 seconds before Mesut Ozil added a second midway through the first half.

Brighton pulled a goal back through Chris O’Grady but Tomas…

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International News January 25, 2015

Bundesbank’s Weidmann: It’s in interests of Greek govt to do reforms

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said on Sunday Greece would continue to need aid and would only get this by sticking to its agreements, adding that he hoped the new government would not make promises the country could not afford.

“I believe it’s also in the interest of the Greek government to do what is necessary to tackle the structural problems there,” he said in an interview with German public broadcaster ARD.

“I hope the new government won’t call into question…

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International News January 25, 2015

Greece’s Syriza set to sweep election in anti-austerity triumph

By Renee Maltezou and Deepa Babington

Greece’s leftwing Syriza looked set for a comfortable victory over the ruling conservatives, an exit poll showed, with a chance of winning a full majority to face down international creditors and roll back years of painful austerity measures.

Syriza could gain 35.5-39.5 percent of the vote, well ahead of the conservative New Democracy party of outgoing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on 23-27 percent, according a joint exit poll for Greek television stations issued immediately…

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International News January 25, 2015

U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

By Jonathan Kaminsky

Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said.

The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie.

Threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, had…

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International News January 25, 2015

Greek leftists Syriza aim for historic election win

By James Mackenzie

Greeks vote today Sunday in a historic election expected to bring in a government led by the leftwing Syriza party, which has promised to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis.

Barring a huge upset, victory for Syriza, which has led opinion polls for months, would produce the first euro zone government openly committed to cancelling the austerity terms of its EU and IMF-backed bailout programme.

A Syriza…

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Australian Open Sport January 25, 2015

Nadal, Sharapova charge into quarters as top brass shine

By Ian Ransom

Former champions Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova charged into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday, as the guardians of the tennis establishment crushed the grand slam dreams of upstart challengers.

Nadal withstood an early serving barrage from South African beanpole Kevin Anderson in a 7-5 6-1 6-4 masterclass at Rod Laver Arena to continue his brilliant comeback from a 2014 season ravaged by injury and illness.

The Spaniard, who ruled himself out of contention before…

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International News January 24, 2015

Pro-Russian rebels attack key port, Ukraine says at least 30 dead

By Alessandra Prentice and Pavel Polityuk

Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union’s foreign policy chief to warn of a further “grave deterioration” in EU-Russian relations.

Mariupol’s city administration said the rebels had killed at least 30 people and injured 83 others in the offensive by firing rockets from long-range GRAD missile systems.

The city of 500,000 on the Sea of Azov is vital for eastern Ukraine’s…

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